LOS ANGELES – This year, the Los Angeles Auto Show is offering something for motorists of all stripes.
There’s a new Jeep Gladiator pickup ready to take its sword to the off-road market, lots of SUVs that show the boxy-vehicle craze just won’t quit and some impressive sports cars for the more adventurous. The show is open to the public Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 at the LA Convention Center.
As usual, a few vehicles really caught our eye. When we look over the debuts, here are our top five:
By looks alone, this crew cab is virtually identical to a four-door Wrangler Unlimited SUV and pickup bed attached. But underneath, it has its own midsize pickup chassis and 11.1 inches of ground clearance. It is meant to go basically anywhere.
Off-road capability and towing are Gladiator’s main selling points. Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar parts business will have hundreds of accessories ready when the Gladiator goes on sale in early 2019.
Gladiator can wade through 30 inches of water, handle up to 1,600 pounds of payload and tow up to 7,650 pounds.
Riding on an all-new rear-drive-based architecture, the production version of Lincoln’s new SUV promises a host of engineering and performance surprises. Lincoln brought its usual inventive and luxurious interior in a roomy package that has an occasional-use third row of seats and plenty of capability. The Aviator will reach dealerships in the first half of 2019.
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Designing the next generation of an icon is one of the toughest jobs in the auto industry. Making a slightly bigger copy won’t work, but how far can you push the envelope and evolve the design before you lose connection to the original?
The new 2020 Soul walks that line. Designers made some stylish touches to add beauty to a vehicle that two generations ago was strictly aimed at impressing 20somethings with limited budgets. Now, with its changes, it’s elegant as well as fun.
There are now three Souls – a performance GT, an outdoorsy adventure version and an electric.
One of the auto industry’s true global icons, the 911 is the essence of everything that makes Porsche special: race-car handling in a street car, head-snapping power without a massive, fuel-sucking engine and instantly recognizable looks.
The new one stays largely the same on the outside, though it grows slightly longer. The big change is a new interior and dramatically larger center screen. The Carrera 4 and 4S get more horsepower and even better zero to 60 mph times.
This big SUV will become the Hyundai brand’s flagship when it goes on sale next year. There’s lots of innovation in the big eight-passenger vehicle, including a safety system that prevents kids from exiting the vehicle when there is oncoming rear traffic.
Though it is big, the Palisade will be powered by a six-cylinder engine.